April 2 2020: Mike Pompeo, the United States Secretary of State, urged all Americans abroad who wished to return home to do so immediately. Yeah, they’re projecting that between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans will die from the coronavirus in the next few weeks. Last night I watched the dashboard roll over from 199,000 to 204,000 confirmed cases. Even if China’s numbers are double what they reported, it’s still less than America right now. Respectfully, the last place I want to be at the moment is anywhere in the United States.
We made a grocery run yesterday. There were a few more people than last week’s expedition, but not many. Most people were practicing social distancing; if they need to get at something where a person was standing, they kept their distance until the other person moved. Folks stayed spaced apart at the checkout line. The only things they were out of stock on were shelf-stable milk and yeast. That was an excuse come home, divide up my sourdough starter into multiple jars, and feed them all well.
I’ve seen a lot of panic and disinformation floating around about the United States Postal Service going under. This article in Forbes is the most level-headed and fact-based piece I could find. While it’s not good, it’s really no worse than a lot of businesses at the moment. Have we not figured out yet that we’re all in the same boat?
That’s it for April 2 2020. I’m all out of spoons. Get your information from credible sources. Good luck and godspeed.